DEBUNKING 10 POPULAR MYTHS ABOUT ROOT CANAL

The words root canal are strong enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Although it is a regular dental procedure, the myths associated with it has freaked out the patients. Many people have started delaying their root canal treatments assuming these myths to be true. So what are these myths we are talking about? Is there any reality behind these misconceptions?

You may have heard a number of these already. Let us find out as we debunk the 10 popular myths about the root canal.

RCT is Painful – RCT is not a painful procedure. The dentist will administer local anesthetic to numb the entire area. It means you will not feel any pain or sensation in your tooth. Moreover, he will prescribe you painkillers and antibiotics to control any further inconvenience.

RCT is Expensive – RCT is not a prohibitively expensive dental treatment. Although the costs will vary according to the location of your tooth and the cost of the crown. Secondly, the total cost will also depend upon your insurance coverage.

RCT is Risky – There is no truth in this myth. On the contrary, RCT is the best dental

treatment to save your natural tooth. Moreover, delaying your RCT can make you prone to several other health risks.

RCT is not Necessary – Many people believe that there is no need for RCT if it does not hurt. However, the absence of pain has nothing to do with the need for RCT. It has to be done with or without pain, and depends on your need for the procedure

Tooth roots are removed in RCT – Do you really buy this? RCT is a dental procedure in which the infected pulp of the tooth is cleaned and sealed with a crown. It aims to restore the tooth roots and not remove it.

RCT is a Time-Consuming Procedure – There is no truth in this misconception. Ideally, RCT can be done in a single day only. However, the need for a second visit depends upon the extent of the condition and the recovery of the patient .

Pregnant ladies cannot go for RCT – Pregnant ladies should indeed avoid undergoing x-rays, but RCT requires an x-ray of mouth. These rays do not reach the abdomen, making it completely safe for pregnant ladies. Moreover, lead shielding is often used during an x-ray when pregnant ladies come for treatment.

Crowns cause Root Canal Issue – It is a false misconception that crowns cause root canal issues. It can happen even regardless of any tooth covering.

Tooth Extraction is Better than RCT – Tooth extraction is the last option for a damaged tooth. Experts suggest that keeping a natural tooth is crucial for proper chewing and eating functions. RCT saves the tooth roots and safeguards the adjacent healthy teeth as well.

RCT causes Illnesses – Medical evidence shows that RCT has saved patients from severe brain and heart infections. So there is no truth in this statement.

There were the 10 popular myths about root canal debunked for you. You see, RCT of teeth

is a safe procedure that will not only save your tooth but will also prevent other health issues. Clove dental has a team of highly qualified and experienced dentists. Connect with them today by booking your appointment and get answers for all your RCT related concerns.

ESTABLISHING THE LINK BETWEEN GUM DISEASE AND A HEALTHY PREGNANCY’

According to The Journal of the American Dental Association, Pregnant women with chronic gum disease are four to seven times more likely to have a premature baby. Pregnancy is a time of great expectations, however, few expectant mothers understand the importance of good dental health during pregnancy. Pregnancy causes a variety of hormonal changes and some of these changes bring an increased risk of gum disease. The elevated levels of progesterone that come with pregnancy, cause an exaggerated response to the bacteria present in plaque, which can cause gingivitis.

Warning signs include gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, or are loose or separating are also possible signs of gum disease. However, when gum disease goes untreated in pregnant women, very serious problems can result.

According to research published by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, premature and low-birthweight babies are 40 times more likely to die during their first month. Premature infants are also vulnerable to complications including chronic lung disease, injury to the intestines, a compromised immune system, cardiovascular disorders, and hearing and vision problems.

According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, the bacteria that cause inflammation in the gums can get into the bloodstream and reach the fetus. In scientific terms, gum disease can produce endotoxins that stimulate the production of cytokines and prostaglandins. This fetal toxicity, or poisoning, that can result from bacterial infections can cause low-birthweight babies.

However, gum disease can be easily treated and prevented – far more easily than the problems that can result in infancy when gum disease goes untreated in pregnant women with minimal care and consultation.

As soon as you find out you are pregnant, see your dentist for a professional evaluation of your gums.

Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to prevent pregnancy gingivitis.

Frequent cleanings during pregnancy will enable your dentist to monitor the health of your gums and address any problems that arise.

Pay careful attention to your teeth and gums during pregnancy and report any signs of gum disease to your dentist right away.

If you do experience gum disease during pregnancy, it should be treated as soon as possible. Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can usually be eliminated with professional cleaning or scaling. During the cleaning, plaque and tartar will be removed from above and below the gum line of the teeth. Root planing can also be performed to treat gum disease. As you prepare for the arrival of your little one, take care to practice good oral hygiene and seek regular care from a dental professional. Not only will you preserve your dental health, you’ll be taking important steps to protect the health of your baby.

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TAKING ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES? PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR ORAL HEALTH

These days, choosing a form of birth control can seem as daunting as shopping for a new cell phone. The birth control technology is constantly changing and there are just innumerable options. Even after options galore, the science behind contraception remains the same. In today’s day and age, women being professionals, who have to plan the family, it is highly important, that we know the effects of oral contraception on one’s Oral Health. Birth control pills make your body think that it’s pregnant, so the body does not get pregnant again. The hormonal pills taken for the birth control cause certain changes which have profound effect on your gums.

Aggravated Response – Women who already have deposits on teeth or pre-existing gum disease, get aggravated response while on Oral contraceptives.

Swelling – The gums show swelling which is directly related to the duration of use.

Prolonged use – Causes gum disease to get into advanced stage.

Advanced stage – of gum disease (i.e. Periodontitis) happens due to prolonged use and if regular care is not taken, the bone loss occurs.

Bone dissolves – which holds the teeth in place is called the Alveolar bone and this bone gets dissolved in case there is a long standing gum disease.

Gum recession – gums become lose and start receding thereby the root area of your tooth will be exposed. Thereby, leading to sensitivity.

Periodontal pocket formation – As the gum recedes, periodontal pocket is formed around the tooth, leading to increased bacterial accumulation.

Signs to look out for :

Reddish gums giving an engorged feeling

Easily bleeding gums

Bleeding while brushing

Elongated teeth & Change in your smile

Dry mouth and foul smell

How can you keep your gums healthy:

‘Talk to Your Dentist’

Ask him to examine if you have tell-tale signs of developing gum disease.

If disease has set in, urgent treatment needs to be done.

Regular dental scaling and cleaning of your teeth is the minimum basic.

If the disease is advanced, deep cleaning (curettage) will be required.

Ask your dentist, if he or she thinks you should use an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Change your Oral contraceptive if gum disease is developing (after consulting with your doctor).

Learn & Review your Oral Hygiene habits.

Check your diet. A low-inflammation diet rich in alkaline, healthy foods will keep your gums healthy.

This Women’s Day, Clove Dental has special surprises for you to make that smile dazzle brighter!

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Complimentary Annual Dental Health Plan

These days, choosing a form of birth control can seem as daunting as shopping for a new cell phone. The birth control technology is constantly changing and there are just innumerable options. Even after options galore, the science behind contraception remains the same. In today’s day and age, women being professionals, who have to plan the family, it is highly important, that we know the effects of oral contraception on one’s Oral Health. Birth control pills make your body think that it’s pregnant, so the body does not get pregnant again. The hormonal pills taken for the birth control cause certain changes which have profound effect on your gums.

Aggravated Response – Women who already have deposits on teeth or pre-existing gum disease, get aggravated response while on Oral contraceptives.

Swelling – The gums show swelling which is directly related to the duration of use.

Prolonged use – Causes gum disease to get into advanced stage.

Advanced stage – of gum disease (i.e. Periodontitis) happens due to prolonged use and if regular care is not taken, the bone loss occurs.

Bone dissolves – which holds the teeth in place is called the Alveolar bone and this bone gets dissolved in case there is a long standing gum disease.

Gum recession – gums become lose and start receding thereby the root area of your tooth will be exposed. Thereby, leading to sensitivity.

Periodontal pocket formation – As the gum recedes, periodontal pocket is formed around the tooth, leading to increased bacterial accumulation.

Signs to look out for :

Reddish gums giving an engorged feeling

Easily bleeding gums

Bleeding while brushing

Elongated teeth & Change in your smile

Dry mouth and foul smell

How can you keep your gums healthy:

‘Talk to Your Dentist’

Ask him to examine if you have tell-tale signs of developing gum disease.

If disease has set in, urgent treatment needs to be done.

Regular dental scaling and cleaning of your teeth is the minimum basic.

If the disease is advanced, deep cleaning (curettage) will be required.

Ask your dentist, if he or she thinks you should use an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Change your Oral contraceptive if gum disease is developing (after consulting with your doctor).

Learn & Review your Oral Hygiene habits.

Check your diet. A low-inflammation diet rich in alkaline, healthy foods will keep your gums healthy.

This Women’s Day, Clove Dental has special surprises for you to make that smile dazzle brighter!

Free Smile Consultation

Complimentary Annual Dental Health Plan

YOUR DENTIST MAY DIAGNOSE YOUR SYSTEMIC DISEASES BEFORE ANYONE ELSE

World Health Organization defines oral health in terms of general, physical, psychological and social well-being. Teeth and gums speak volumes about the overall physiological well-being. The manifestation of our internal health can be observed through notable changes in teeth, gums or tongue. A similar manifestation has been seen in a case of tooth enamel defect associated with renal disease called Nephrocalcinosis.

Recently, a 10 year old female patient reported at Clove Dental clinic with the chief complaint of delayed eruption of upper front teeth. Based on oral examination, a tooth development disorder of Amelogenesis Imperfecta was suspected. However, the symptoms of generalized Gingival Fibromatosis raised the possibility of an underlying Renal Syndrome. While the parents of the child accounted for no significant medical history related to the patient, renal ultrasound confirmed the presence of Bilateral Nephrocalcinosis, a rare genetic kidney disease, which thereby confirmed the diagnosis of Enamel-Renal Syndrome.

Enamel formation or Amelogenesis is a systematic process of tooth enamel deposition. Any disturbance in this process can lead to Tooth Discoloration, Hypocalcification, Hypomaturation, Fragility, Delayed/Unerupted Teeth etc. It is controlled by genetic function due to which a genetic mutation is likely to cause the disorder. A British Medical Journal article found that one of the gene (CLDN16) mutation associated with Amelogenesis Imperfecta is also associated with genetic disorder of Nephrocalcinosis. It is a disease state known for too much deposition of calcium in kidneys in forms of Calcium Oxalate and Calcium Phosphate. This process can impair the kidney functions and can also cause kidney stones.

Apart from the present case, several scientific journals in US National Library of Journal of Medicine such as Nephology Physiology, Archives of Oral Biology & Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry have also reported cases showing the association of between these two conditions.

The possibility of common genetic mutation makes it essential to understand the disorders and its relationship. Systematic scoring of both tooth and kidney symptoms would help to discriminate both the conditions and will allow for early diagnosis. Hence, it is recommended that:

All patients with Amelogenesis Imperfecta should have detailed renal examination

All patients with Nephrocalcinosis should be referred for oral examination.

Oral Health and Overall Health have a synergistic and dynamic relationship. Regular dental check-ups from experienced dentists can help a lot in maintaining good oral and overall health and be aware of possible ailments prevailing in body.

COVID TONGUE: SHOULD IT BE CONSIDERED AS A SYMPTOM AFTER ALL?

Dentists have been known to diagnose plethora of diseases through oral cavity which is supposed to be a mirror to overall health. One of the latest symptoms that is being noticed in association with coronavirus infection is COVID tongue where dentists may play a major role.

The term “COVID tongue” was coined recently after Mr Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London tweeted about patients reporting with COVID tongue and tongue ulcers. Mr Spector heads the ZOE COVID-19 Symptom Study app, where participants submit symptom reports on a daily basis. He found in his research that almost 1-2 patients out of every 500 got some strange symptoms in their mouths with may include swelling in the tongue, strange patches on the tongues and ulcers. According to the ZOE website, however, there is an increased user submissions of abnormal looking tongue, in particular white and patchy appearance.

According to The British Journal of Dermatology, which published a report on 666 patients, 25.7% patients had oral cavity symptoms and 3.9% were reported having tongue swelling with patchy depapillation. As per Oral Diseases report, COVID‐19 patients frequently develop oral lesions symptoms related to a certain state of immunosuppression where stress may also play a crucial role in the appearance of these oral conditions.

The British Dental Journal, published by Springer Nature, has suggested that the COVID Tongue has a resemblance of Geographic Tongue, an inflammatory condition affecting the surface of tongue. While there may be a possible association of Geographic Tongue with SARS-CoV-2 infection, there are only two communications in the literature reporting it as part of COVID-19 illness till date. The symptoms may be linked to the elevated levels of the inflammatory Cytokine Interleukin-6 (IL-6) in both Geographic Tongue and SARS-CoV-2 infection, as well as higher angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor expression in the tongue where ACE2 receptors are also the entry point of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The diagnostic value of COVID Tongue is still unknown and it should be treated with caution. According to the ZOE website, these changes to the mouth or tongue may not be the only symptom of COVID-19, or whether they tend to come earlier or later in the illness. Whilst a report by NDTV also claims that COVID Tongue could be one of the “non-classic symptoms” that tends to get overlooked since not every ulcer or patch in the mouth is associated with COVID. This may be very early sign in a very recent finding.

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